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Grove City Planning Commission

Carriage Court plans to add 'memory care' unit


The Grove City Planning Commission gave its seal of approval to a trio of development projects, including an addition to an assisted living facility and conversion of office space to apartments in the Town Center.

The commission voted unanimously Feb. 4 to recommend three development plans and a lot split. While the development plans will now go to City Council for final approval, the lot split takes effect immediately.

Carriage Court of Grove City, a facility of Meridian Senior Living, submitted plans to the city to build a 12-unit memory care addition to existing facility at 220 Sonora Drive, according to a staff report from the city planning department. The facility will be designed to offer care services for residents experiencing "symptoms of age-related dementia and Alzheimer's disease."

The proposed expansion will be 8,387 square feet in size and contain activity areas, dining facilities, life skills stations and other care areas designed for people with memory-related problems.

"These types of projects enable our aging population to stay in the community," said City Administrator Chuck Boso, just before the vote.

The Planning Commission also approved an application to convert second-floor offices at 3909-3911 Broadway into residential apartments. Three offices currently exist in the space, but applicant Doug Grossman said they have been vacant for a number of years and are difficult to rent.

"We just basically want to convert those offices into apartments," he said. "Now's a good time because they're all vacant."

The plan calls for converting the space into three, one-bedroom apartments that will each have a kitchen, living area and three-piece bathroom with shower along with its own utilities.

The space is located above Pontones Music Store.

The third development plan pertained to a new access driveway for the Grove City Christian Child Care Center, 2996 Columbus St. The new driveway will come through a modification of the existing driveway, including widening it to 20 feet and extending it to the rear parking lot of the facility, to create a "more efficient circular traffic flow on the site," according to a city staff report.

The lot split approved by commission members divides an 8.8-acre site at the end of Meadow Pond Court, northeast of the Interstate 71-state Route 665 intersection, into three lots. The lot split is part of plans for a Central Ohio Transit Authority Park & Ride at the site. A development plan for the Park & Ride was approved in January.